Physical Sciences - BS

  • Physical Sciences

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    • Faculty
    Program Contact: Dr. Hashim A. Yousif

    Do you like science? All kinds of science? Biology. Chemistry. Geology. Can't decide which one you like best? With a major in physical science, you'll get to study them all. 

    As a physical sciences major, you'll learn how the natural world works by studying biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics and geology. Then, you'll choose an area to focus on - biology, chemistry or geology.  

    All of that science will prepare you for a job in many areas, including work in one of the technical phases of government or for an industry. Or, you can choose to go to graduate school.

    What you can do with a degree in Physical Sciences. Suggested 4-year plan of study  biology concentration / chemistry concentration.

    Degree Requirements


    Course Requirements in the Major


    Credits: 40-42


    Students majoring in physical sciences are required to complete required courses in one of the following concentrations:


    Biology Concentration


    Biology upper-level electives - 8 Credits

    Credits: 28


    Chemistry Concentration


    Chemistry upper-level elective - 3-4 credits

    Credits: 26-27


    Total credits required for the major: 74-81


    General Education Program Requirements and Requirements-Variable


    (See General Education Program and General Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree under Academic Policies and Guidelines for further details.)

    Please be advised


    Please be advised that some programs or courses of study require that students complete rotations, fieldwork, internships/externships and/or teaching assignments at facilities external to the university, while other programs or courses of study may offer voluntary internships or externships at facilities external to the university. Depending on the program or course, such facilities will or may require a criminal background check, an act 33/34 clearance (if applicable), and perhaps a drug screen to determine participant qualification or eligibility. Additionally, in order to become licensed, many states will inquire as to whether the applicant has been convicted of a misdemeanor, a felony, or a felonious or illegal act associated with alcohol and/or substance abuse.

     

    Additional Information:

     

    This program is currently undergoing revisions to more accurately reflect the needs of industry. If you're interested in this program, please consult the program director for updated requirements.

    Yousif Hashim

    Dr. Hashim Yousif

    yousif@pitt.edu

    Director of Physical Sciences Program, Professor of Physics

    814-362-7603

    105C Fisher Hall